MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It’s breakfast time on a Saturday, and 20 “day-campers” are crouched around a fire pit in central New Jersey – the booniues – its rural. Soaked in bug spray, they are all there to learn survival skills, specifically in order to protect themselves from man-eating corpses.
Yup — Dead Cannibals, more commonly known as zombies.
From shooting rifles and throwing knives to stitching wounds and purifying water, the curriculum provides a foundation for conquering not only the living dead, but also other emergency situations such as car accidents and floods. (more…)
There are too many obstacles to living off the grid in the UK, so thousands of young people are travelling across the continent to get closer to nature. Kate Brennan and her husband, Geoff Copstick are living in the New Zealand countryside. He is from Glasgow and I am from Liverpool so we were not exactly country people,” Brennan says.
They purchased a 1.6-hectare property. “I’m not sure what I imagined it would become when we set it up but it has certainly taken on a bigger life of its own,” she says. (more…)
Dow Jones Newswires – Last August, when photographer Hilary Stock took her family deep into the Himalayas in Kashmir, the nearest Internet connection was about 100 kilometers away. So the family of four had to connect in a different way.
“The tension was gone . . . external peer pressure and competition were absent and we regrouped as a family,” says Mrs. Stock, who went with husband, John, and their two teenage children. “There aren’t many extreme circumstances left nowadays where this would happen. I think it also put us more in touch with those around us, in whose lives, generally, technology isn’t playing a major part.” (more…)
A few days ago I received my new camera, my old one finally bit the dust, I am very happy with this one, it’s not the most expensive one by far, but wow, have they come a LONG way since the last one I had!
The picture above is the sky castle, the rock work at the bottom is the beginnings of a rock room, I hope it becomes a chicken coop, though it could become anything. (more…)
The pathways at my off-grid home are overgrown with weeds, so one of my biggest projects is clearing space.
First, I look at what the plants are, and determine whether it’s truly a weed or if it’s a food or medicine plant. If the plant is food or medicine, I think about whether the plant is truly in my way. Can I go around it? Is it going to grow to be very large? Are there more of this plant nearby? If the plant doesn’t have a negative impact on the space, I leave it alone. If there is only one, I might move it instead of kill it.
The big clumps of grass taking over the driveway and the trail to the outdoor bathroom have to go. (more…)
We are fully in our monsoon season now, and it’s about time! We have had fairly dry summers for the past few seasons, in fact we haven’t had a really wet summer since the first year we moved here in ’07. I had read that this summer would be a wet year for my part of the country, and for that I am truly grateful. (more…)
Growing up, I had a bit of a wild streak, nothing naughty, but I loved being outdoors, being around nature, plants, animals, water, dirt, we pretty much always lived in suburban areas with neighborhoods, houses, rectangular lots with grass, trees and fences. That didn’t stop me from pretending, imagining that I was in the jungle, or in the forest, or on an island, I wanted to live that way so badly that I could remove myself from the rows of houses and people, I would pack a lunch and go find some semi-isolated spot in my back yard and for a little while, I was an explorer in a wild place. Little did I know I would grow up and get to live that dream.
Right now I live a fairytale, a storybook life, I can still become that little girl, but now I don’t have to pretend I’m living in the wilds, I am living it everyday. (more…)
Water, it’s a requirement for life, health, sanitation. Living in far western Texas, it’s desert and pretty dry most of the year. We are in the beginning of our rainy season or monsoon season, it will last a month to a month and a half. Most of the residents out here use a well for their water needs, but there are a few who collect the rain water that falls from the sky during the wet season, if you have enough storage, it’s possible to collect enough water to last the year. (more…)
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